Return to Wells River

Paul Sample, American, 1896 - 1974


about 1946

Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on wove paper

Image: 21 × 27 7/8 in. (53.4 × 70.8 cm)

Sheet: 22 3/8 × 30 11/16 in. (56.8 × 77.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Miriam H. and S. Sidney Stoneman Acquisition Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in graphite, lower right: PAUL SAMPLE; inscribed, on masking tape, in graphite, lower right: 26 x 33 – 14804; inscribed, in graphite on reverse, bottom center: Return to Wells River – 300; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower left: 26 x 33 14804; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, upper right: #14804

Published References

To "The Return," see p. 110 in: MacAdam, Barbara J. American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, 2007.


The artist; sold to Dorothy M. (1909–1985) and James E. Bovaird, M.D. (1911–1984), Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, probably in the late 1940s; to Dorothy M. Bovaird, 1984; bequeathed to her son Thomas Bovaird, Mirror Lake, New Hampshire, in 1985; sold to present collection, 2014.

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